Listen to Brian Clevinger (Inventor of Absynth) Interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast

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I've been using Absynth since version 1. It IS my desert island synth. This being the case I was super excited that Darwin Grosse interviewed Absynth's creator Brian Clevinger for this week's podcast Art + Music + Technology Podcast!

Listen to episode #131 here – http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-131-brian-clevinger-absynth or on iTunes (where you can subscribe to the podcast).

Absynth is one of my favorite software synthesizers. It is everything you'd want in a modular system, but is packages like a standard instrument – helping smooth the way for quick-and-efficient patch development. But the level of modulation and pure sound design goodness is unparalleled – and this thing is 15 years old!

It's a sign of great work when something lasts, and 15 years is forever in software terms. What makes Absynth so great? A combination of excellent design, fantastic sound and the fortitude to keep improving it the whole time.

Several people have pointed to Brian as a potential interview; I finally reached out to him and found him more than willing. Then we started talking, and it turned out to be one of the great chats that I've had. Brian is a cool guy, and was willing to be introspective about his work and perspectives. I felt like I made a new friend during our discussion – and you get to hear it happen.

Check out Brian's sound work at his Soundcloud page. And if you aren't using Absynth, you need to check it out at its Native Instruments product page. Enjoy!

Art + Music + Technology Podcast Interview with Bert Schiettecatte of Percussa AudioCubes

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Check out this interview with Bert Schiettecatte of Percussa AudioCubes – http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcasat-066-bert-schiettecatte.

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One of the bits of hardware that keep showing up around me are the Percussa Audio Cubes. I would keep on running into Percussa’s owner, Bert Schiettecatte, at trade shows, would run into users in different places, and even found out that my friends (see Mark Mosher…) are seriously into them. So when Mark opened the door for me to chat with Bert, I rushed in!

Bert’s story is a somewhat common one – a guy with a vision of a product that works hard to make it happen. But when you start talking about all the different things that he had to learn – and master – for this implementation to succeed, it seems like an impossible task. So how does one person make the impossible happen? That’s what we talk about.

I hope you enjoy this one – it is very revealing, but also points to one of the most innovative products out there. Enjoy the podcast, and check out the cubes!

See all the episodes so far here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/. You can also Subscribe to Darwin’s podcast  in iTunes.

Some of My AudioCube Work

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In a related note, I’m still using the hell out of AudioCubes in my controllerism rig and with the 9  Box interactive social musical instrument. As was mentioned in this interview, I’m also expanding my use to create virtual patch cables for U-HE ACE (videos coming soon), and using the wireless AudioCubes to play pieces in Concrete Mixer performances.

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Below are some videos of the AudioCubes in Action.

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Mark Mosher’s 9 Box Instrument / Installation at Mountain Oasis Festival 2013 w/ Bob Moog Foundation from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

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Mark Mosher – Infrared AudioCube Performance Video of song “Alone” from the album REBOOT from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

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Mark Mosher – Dark Scifi Controllerism Teaser Video 01 – “Control Zone” from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

Art + Music + Technology Podcast 056: Brian Funk (AfroDJMac)

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Darwin Grosse's latest podcat is up – this time with my Brian Funk (aka AfroDJMac). Listen here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-056-brian-funk-afrodjmac.

Brian is known for his prolific work to create amazing racks for Ableton Live. I collaborated with Brian on  the Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack and Ableton Rack #40: Zebra Attack II so I was super excited to introduce him to Darwin Grosse so we could all get a behind-the-scenses look into Brian's work. 

My friend Mark Mosher doesn't get adamant too often, but when he does, I have to listen. He was adamant about getting into his friend AfroDJMac, and the work that he's been doing on Ableton Live packs. I jumped into my research (i.e., I took things for a quick drive then started digging deeper), and was really impressed with the work. Reached out to see if he'd be up for a quickie chat, and he jumped on the opportunity.

So you get this – my Thanksgiving gift to you. Great talk with a really insightful programmer, sound designer, songwriter and Ableton Certified Trainer.

I always like when someone opens a door for me to explore. Brian's ideas about vocal music (especially mixed with electronic music concepts) are really unique, and the way that he mixes music and teaching is also very interesting. Listen to his work here, and enjoy the discussion!